12:30 PM GMT Former Wales centre Matthew J. Watkins has died at 41 following a long illness. Watkins won 18 caps for Wales and also played for Dragons, Gloucester and Scarlets before retiring in 2011. He was diagnosed with a rare form of pelvic cancer in 2013. Watkins’ former teams paid tribute to the player
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7:50 AM ET ESPN News Services Former Ohio State Buckeyes players Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint entered not guilty pleas to rape and kidnapping charges on Friday. Riep posted a $100,000 surety bond and Wint posted a $75,000 bond during a hearing at Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Columbus. A 19-year-old woman told
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Mar 6, 2020 IF EVER THERE were a night Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown should have slept well, it was just before the All-Star break. The Sixers had just turned in their most complete victory of the season, beating the LA Clippers 110-103 on Feb. 11 to win their third straight game. But instead
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6:20 AM ET Associated Press ADELAIDE, Australia — Australia has advanced to the Davis Cup Finals in November with a tight 3-1 win over Brazil on hard courts at the Memorial Drive tennis center on Saturday. John Millman beat Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro 6-7, (6), 7-6 (3) 7-6 (3) in the deciding match. Millman took the
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10:59 PM ET Amid increasing concerns about the coronavirus, the NBA asked teams on Friday to begin developing processes and identifying actions required if they had to play games without fans in attendance, limiting attendees to only what is deemed as “essential staff,” according to a memo obtained by ESPN. The memo said that, in
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10:02 PM GMT The women’s Six Nations game between Scotland and France on Saturday in Glasgow has been postponed after a home player tested positive for coronavirus, Scottish rugby said on Friday. “This decision has been taken together with Scottish Rugby, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and Six Nations,” Scottish Rugby said in a statement.
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10:04 PM ET Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is honoring a pair of retired pro golfers with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the president can give a civilian. Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player will receive the medal during a White House ceremony on March 23, the White House announced Friday.
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9:27 PM ET Associated Press NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Monday qualifier David Morland IV shot a 10-under 61 on Friday at Newport Beach Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Hoag Classic. “Nice stroll in the park,” the 50-year-old Canadian said. Morland had five birdies on each nine, closing with
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7:00 AM ET A team’s record in spring training doesn’t mean much, and that’s true for a player’s statistics as well. Factors such as small sample size, wildly varying talent levels of the opposition, and players working on specific aspects of their game muddy the picture in terms of spring stats. The same isn’t necessarily
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8:05 PM ET Associated Press TORONTO — The NHL has sent a memo to teams urging players to limit contact with fans because of the coronavirus outbreak. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the league issued the memo in an email to The Canadian Press on Friday. The move follows a similar directive this month
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7:17 PM ET Associated Press MESA, Ariz. — Yoan Moncada was asked by his agents what he wanted to do. He said his preference was to stay with the Chicago White Sox. A couple weeks later, it was done. Moncada finalized a $70 million, five-year contract with the White Sox on Friday, signing up long-term
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5:59 PM ET METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints plan to place a first-round tender on restricted free-agent quarterback Taysom Hill on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, meaning another team would have to cough up a first-round draft pick to sign him away. The Saints also will have the right to match
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5:37 PM ET ESPN 300 quarterback Drake Maye flipped his commitment from Alabama to North Carolina on Friday. Maye is the No. 45-ranked prospect overall in the 2021 class and the No. 4-ranked recruit in the state of North Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback committed to Alabama in July 2019, but announced his decision to
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